JMU to host College Gameday for Homecoming on Oct. 24
HARRISONBURG, Va. – ESPN College GameDay will bring its weekly college football national pregame show to the Shenandoah Valley on October 24 as No. 5 James Madison hosts No. 13 Richmond as part of JMU Homecoming Weekend.
College GameDay, which typically attracts thousands of fans to the live production, will air on ESPN from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The show reviews major news topics in college football, previews the significant national games of the day and ends with Lee Corso's headgear prediction prior to games kicking off around the country.
ESPN personalities typically on the show include host Rece Davis along with Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Samantha Ponder. The show's producer, Lee Fitting, is a 1996 graduate of JMU.
JMU heads into the 3:30 p.m. game at 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the CAA following Saturday's 51-0 victory at Elon, the largest margin of victory on the road in program history. Richmond is 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the league after a 37-12 win over Rhode Island. The state rivals will clash as the only undefeated teams in Colonial Athletic Association play.
JMU owns the nation's second-longest regular-season winning streak at 14 games. The Dukes rank among the national leaders in total offense, scoring, first downs, third-down percentage and sacks. They also feature one of the front runners for the STATS National Offensive Player of the Year award in quarterback Vad Lee. ESPN made one visit to JMU already in September to highlight Lee as its Big Man on Campus after his performance against FBS foe SMU.
To date in 2015, College GameDay has visited Arlington, Texas for the AdvoCare Classic between Alabama and Wisconsin followed by campus venues at Michigan State, Alabama, Arizona, Clemson, Utah and Michigan.
In the history of the show, other non-FBS stops have included Amherst College at Williams College in 2007, Hampton at Florida A&M in 2008, Delaware State at North Dakota State in 2013, Incarnate Word at North Dakota State in 2014 and Yale at Harvard in 2014.